[-empyre-] Week 3 on empyre: thoughts about the first two weeks and moving on

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Sat Oct 19 02:16:41 EST 2013

Juliana,  Normally we do not put through individual requests like this but
I was thinking about the fact that you have been lurking for such a long
time that this might be warranted especially because one of the keywords
involved in your research in CONVERGENCE.

Can you explain to us how you are perceiving the use of the word itself.
 It might be an interesting addition to our discussion at this point?

I am looking forward to hearing more about this. Renate

On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM, Juliana Caetano <juliana.caetano at gmail.com
> wrote:

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> Dear Empirans,
> I´ve been following the discussions for many years now, despite of being
> in a"read-only" position.
> However, many years have passed and after such an amount of good surprises
> and loads of information coming from you, I thought would be great to
> properly exchange. So here I am, sharing my current research and asking for
> your kind collaboration.
> I´m a PhD student at PUC-SP (Brazil) in Communication and Semiotics.
> In order to collect new objects for my study I´m asking you examples that
> fit one of the categories below (key-words). Personal projects or other´s
> are more than welcome. What I really want is to go further Google,
> Institutes and so on. I wanna go for projects that are not necessarily
> promoted. Projects can be artistic, related to business campaigns or
> education.
> Key-words for the projects: media convergence, urban space, collaboration
> for collective problem-solving, DIALOGUE and transmedia storytelling. To
> sum up, projects that use media to empower interaction between people and
> environment in order to mediate (solve) a problem.
> The major aim for making this collection is to deeply study these
> practices.
> I thank you all in advance and I'm looking forward to hearing from you
> All the best,
> Juliana
> On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM, Gabriel Menotti <
> gabriel.menotti at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> Hey, empyre!
>> Thanks for the intro, Renate. It is quite pleasing to participate of
>> the list in the much more comfortable position of a guest. =)
>> Following Dale’s comments about venues and events in Delhi/Mumbai that
>> foster convergence of practices, I could talk a bit about my recent
>> experience, having returned to Brazil after a four-year season as a
>> PhD candidate in London. Still suffering from academic jet lag, some
>> challenges within local universities, research councils and seminars
>> become very clear.
>> Somewhat, the precariousness of local institutions plays against
>> convergence. In the context of arts & humanities, the general lack of
>> resources (books, equipment, funding - and time to work!) seems to
>> result in much more homogenous projects, repeating similar formulas,
>> topics and bibliography. Besides the demands of productivity and
>> accountability, I believe one of the reasons for this streamlining of
>> the field is the very honest desire to find intellectual interlocution
>> - common, reliable bases for dialogue. It can feel quite alienating to
>> be the only one in a whole field dealing with a particular
>> bibliography or theme, having no one to talk to. We invest time and
>> attention in authors and schema that allow us to communicate with our
>> peers.
>> Thus, theory moves slowly, in well-established fads, trailing after
>> what happens in North America and Europe (mostly France). The most
>> recent ones are Rancière and Didi-Huberman, who are being mentioned in
>> virtually every national debate about moving image. There seems to be
>> both insecurity and cautiousness in this development, a kind of fear
>> of walking with one’s own steps and suddenly finding divergences from
>> norms set abroad, risking putting into question the rigid hierarchies
>> scientific authority relies upon.
>> (It’s funny how this creates certain distortions of perception. For a
>> long time, Vilém Flusser – who lived, worked and taught in Brazil for
>> a long time – felt too foreign. When I moved to London, I made the
>> mistake of changing all my main references to match the British
>> edition of “Towards a Philosophy of Photography”, ignorant of the fact
>> that Portuguese was more of a working language for the author, and the
>> Brazilian version of the book is actually more up to date.)
>> Best!
>> Menotti
>> 2013/10/17 Renate Ferro <rtf9 at cornell.edu>:
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>> > Tim and I have returned to the US after an intense and productive time
>> at the Busan Film Festival.  It was wonderful to see Youngmin and Alex in
>> real time in both Busan and Seoul.  The Asian perspective on convergence is
>> one that I feel we have only begun to flush out. Thank you Alex for teasing
>> out some of the cultural complications involving this fact.  This was
>> evident for me not only at Busan's film festival but in meeting many of my
>> former students who despite a critical fine arts education at Cornell have
>> transitioned over to their home in Korea where most of them work in very
>> large commercial design firms. It appears to me that this spirit in
>> celebration of capitalism as opposed to a suspicion (that particularly
>> western academics and artists) stems from a desire and necessity for South
>> Korea to assert itself from its neighbor to the North,  communist North
>> Korea. I am thinking though about how other parts of Asia may weigh in on
>> this.
>> >
>> > Week three brings to us three guest moderators:  Dale Hudson, Gabriel
>> Menotti and Ken Feingold.  Dale now teaching in the United Arab Emerites
>> has been a guest on -empyre previously so many of you may know him.  Dale
>> used to teach at our neighboring institution Ithaca College and we do miss
>> seeing him around town.  Gabriel Menotti long-time empyreans will
>> recognize.  Menotti was a part of a moderating team a few years ago.  We
>> welcome him back as a guest and look forward to his contribution.  We also
>> welcome Ken Feingold this month a new contributor to -empyre. Biographies
>> are below.
>> >
>> > Dale Hudson (UAE/USA) is a media theorist, critic, and curator.  He
>> teaches film and new media studies at New York University Abu Dhabi
>> (NYUAD), curates online exhibitions for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film
>> Festival (FLEFF), and serves on the preselection committee for the Abu
>> Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF).  His work appears in journals including
>> Afterimage, American Quarterly, Cinema Journal, French Cultural Studies,
>> Journal of Film and Video, Screen, and Studies in Documentary Film, as well
>> as in anthologies.  His book-in-progress, “Blood, Bodies, and Borders,”
>> analyzes transnational and postcolonial vectors of U.S. history through the
>> political economies of film.  He has also reviewed films, exhibitions, and
>> books for journals including Afterimage, African Studies Review, Jadaliyya,
>> and Scope.
>> >
>> > Gabriel Menotti (Brazil, 1983) Gabriel Menotti is an independent
>> curator and lecturer in Multimedia at the Federal University of Espírito
>> Santo (UFES). He is the author of Através da Sala Escura (Intermeios,
>> 2012), a history of movie theatres from the perspective of VJing spaces.
>> Menotti holds a PhD in Media & Communications from Goldsmiths (University
>> of London), and another from the Catholic University from São Paulo. He has
>> published work in a number of research journals and books, as well as
>> contributed to international events such as the São Paulo Biennial,
>> Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid and the Transmediale
>> Festival.
>> >
>> > Ken Feingold (USA, 1952) received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in
>> “Post-Studio Art” from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.  He
>> has been recognized as an innovator in the field of interactive art after
>> fifteen prior years of making films, video art, objects, and installations.
>> His early interactive works include The Surprising Spiral (1991), JCJ
>> Junkman (1992), Childhood/Hot & Cold Wars (1993), and where I can see my
>> house from here so we are (1993-95) among others.  His work Interior (1997)
>> was commissioned for the first ICC Biennale '97, Tokyo; Séance Box No.1 was
>> developed while in residence at the ZKM Karlsruhe during 1998-99, and Head
>> (1999-2000) was commissioned by the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art,
>> Helsinki for the exhibition "Alien Intelligence" (Feb-May 2000). Since 2000
>> he has developed a body of “cinematic sculptures” - objects and
>> installations which include artificially intelligent animatronics and,
>> frequently, moving images. He has taught moving image art at Princeton
>> University and Cooper Union, among others, and he is also a licensed
>> psychoanalyst in private practice. His works are in the permanent
>> collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou,
>> Paris; Kiasma, Helsinki; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, and
>> others.
>> >
>> > Renate Ferro
>> > Visiting Assistant Professor of Art,
>> > (contracted since 2004)
>> > Cornell University
>> > Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office:  306
>> > Ithaca, NY  14853
>> > Email:   <rferro at cornell.edu>
>> > URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
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>> > Lab:  http://www.tinkerfactory.net
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Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art,
(contracted since 2004)
Cornell University
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office:  306
Ithaca, NY  14853
Email:   <rferro at cornell.edu <rtf9 at cornell.edu>>
URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
Lab:  http://www.tinkerfactory.net

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